There were no block trades yesterday with JKH being the biggest business generator with 87,469 shares traded on the floor contributing nearly Rs.20.1 million to turnover
Brokers said that the counters traded between a low of Rs.228.10 and a high of Rs.230 with most of the trades done at an average of Rs.229.30 with the counter closing Rs.1.10 down at Rs.228.10.
Ceylon Tea Services closed Rs.8 up at Rs.695 on 27,864 shares traded between Rs.670 and Rs.695 contributing Rs.19.2 million to turnover.
JKH warrants lost steam with W0022 closing Rs.5.60 down at Rs.82 on over 0.2 million done. W0023 closed Rs.4.90 down at Rs.92 on 65,103 transacted.
Other counters that showed volume included Kahawtta Plantations closing Rs.1.90 up at Rs.39.90 on nearly 0.4 million shares traded with 365,000 of these shares transacted in a single block.
Distilleries also showed some volume with over 73,000 shares done closing 10 cents down at Rs.199 while HNB Assurance closed Rs.2 down at Rs.55 on over 0.2 million shares.
Among the banking stocks, Sampath closed 40 cents up at Rs.171.50 on 70,343 shares. DFCC gained Rs.2.80 to close at Rs.136 on 72,205 shares.
Commercial Bank announced a second interim dividend of Re.1 per share for both voting and non-voting shares for 2013, XD from Jan. 16 and with payment on Jan. 27.
Four Carsons plantation companies also announced first interim dividends with Good Hope paying Rs.14.74 per shares, Shalimar paying Rs.19.59 per share, Indo Malay paying Rs.8.13 per share and Selinsing Rs.26.55 per share.
The first IPO for 2014 has been approved by the CSE which announced that an offer for subscription of Millennium Housing Developers Limited to raise Rs.122 million has been approved in principle.
The company will offer 16 million shares at Rs. 6 per share for subscription with an option to issue a further 16 million in the event of oversubscription with the subscription list opening on Jan. 28.